Open Hands is an Australian registered not-for-profit organisation dedicated to rebuilding homes in remote villages after the tragedy of Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes. We’re passionate about environmentally sustainable and long-term ways to empower the locals and strengthen the future of Nepalese village communities while respecting and preserving local customs and cultures.
OUR OPEN HANDS
At the heart of our values, we share Open Hands, Open Heart. We believe that keeping our hands and hearts open in whatever circumstance means that we’re in a posture that is ready to both give and receive at all times. Open hands when it’s good, and open hands when it hurts; it’s a posture that best reflects our heart in this time of rebuilding. Our hope is to impart this same value in others through the work we do.
MEET OUR VILLAGERS
This is our graceful ama Una Kumari Bhatta who lives in Masel Gorkha together with her husband Taktak, who she looks after since his stroke. Even without a home since the earthquake, she is full of peace and calm.
OUR PALE BLUE DOT
In the scale of this universe, our planet is just a humble pale blue dot against the backdrop of a vast blanket of blackness. ‘We are but a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’, Carl Sagan mused. From this vantage point, our world has no borders – we’re alone together on this single planet. This underscores our collective responsibility to look after this pale blue dot, and our fellow human beings indiscriminately, with open hands and open heart.
Buddhist prayer flags dance in the wind throughout Nepal, but of the five colours it’s the saffron hue of the Buddhist monks’ robe that embodies the soul of our mission. Yellow symbolises the earth; the same earth that yields their food, the wall for their homes and hearth for their fire, is the same earth we are using to rebuild their homes. Above all, the earth is what the great Himalayan mountains are made of, on which the lives of the Nepalese unfold.
Our powerful logo embodies our ‘Open Hands, Open Heart’ philosophy in one sweeping glance. Generously donated by talented designer Chris Pecora, it is the punctuation to our ethos. Chris shares, “…Open Hands’ logo represents the love shared by our actions. We participate in a true expression of love when we extend our hands and selflessly help those in need.”
Collectively we harness the power of diverse skills and experiences that serve to drive our visions forward with I) respect for preservation of local customs and culture, II) the ability to communicate, train and work with locals across complex construction and engineering projects, III) a communications know-how to spread the cause and engage others around the world and IV) fiscal responsibility to ensure that every last cent of your donations back into our programs that are rebuilding Nepal
Finance & Governance Director
Programs & Sponsorship Director
Aid & Policies Director
OUR OPEN HANDS NETWORK & NEPAL TEAM
We believe in open-source humanity and working with others who share in the same vision of building a better world and stronger tomorrow. Our hands are open to give and receive resources that may help to rebuild Nepal or any other country that requires aid. We work closely with other NGOs and entities to share knowledge, skills and people. These are our core partners in our network.
MEET OUR VILLAGERS
Our Nepal team member Pravat Tamang, was dropped into fire as a baby and suffered third degree burns to his face and lost fingers on his left hand, as pictured. As a result he was classified as being disabled and suffered prejudice all his life. Despite all odds, he studied hard and is now runs HIGADOC, an NGO dedicated to disabled orphans in Nepal, and is well-respected by his community for his kindness and resilience.
OUR NEPAL TEAM
HIGADOC Vice President
Build-Up Nepal Founder